A Modern-Day Rudy

Adam Himmelsbach | Dec. 19, 2012 | USA TODAY Sports

Football player and walk-on Grant PattonGrant Patton spent his first two years of college at Holy Cross in South Bend and finally got into Notre Dame on his third try. Photo courtesy of Alison Patton.

If there wasn't already a movie about an unlikely Notre Dame football walk-on, defensive lineman Grant Patton might have scripts to browse. When he was a senior at St. Xavier High School in Louisville, he did not play football. During his first two years of college, he did not even attend Notre Dame.

When he was finally accepted to the university as a junior, he played for his dormitory's intramural football team. But on Jan. 7 the senior will put on his gold helmet and run through the tunnel with the Fighting Irish as they face Alabama for the national championship. He's "Rudy" with a cellphone and a Twitter account, and he's as astonished by his journey as anyone.

"It's almost unbelievable," Patton said by phone from South Bend, Ind., perhaps while pinching himself. "To be on the field, with that jersey, with that helmet, it's like a Disney moment."

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